Indian No-Butter Chicken

October 9, 2010

in Dinner in a Dash, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Recipes

Healthy Butter Chicken? Yes, its possible!  This is a much quicker and healthier version of the original, and is ready in no time flat!

Indian No Butter Chicken

Makes 3 servings

3 chicken breasts (approx 3 oz each) I used already pre-cooked chicken breasts cut into cubes.
1 medium sized onion diced
1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger in jar
1 teaspoon crushed garlic in jar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon dried coriander
2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon hot chilli powder
2 teaspoons low sodium chicken stock powder (or 1 packet)
3 tablespoons no added salt tomato paste
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk  (or you could use skim milk or evaporated skim milk)

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Coat a large non-stick fry pan or wok with cooking spray and saute chicken, garlic, onion, ginger until the pieces are nearly cooked.  Add all the spices and stock powder.  Add tomato paste and fold through chicken.  Blend corn starch with the milk then add to the pan, stir continuously mixing well until boiled. Add extra milk if its too thick.

Nutrition  per 1 serving (just over 1 cup)
Cals: 214 Fat: 5 g Carbs: 12 g Fibre: 3.3 Sugar: 6 g Protein: 30 g

*Serve on its own (lower carb) or with a brown basmati rice, or even with a whole wheat roti (as shown in pic)


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  • claire

    Can I use whole milk?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Most definitely!

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  • CheeseGirlPA

    Oh My Goodness! I just printed this recipe the other day, and I was going to try making it this weekend. Funny story for you…
    I got my copy of this month’s Oxygen in the mail when I got home late last night. I couldn’t wait to devour it this morning! I came across a recipe for no butter chicken, and at first I didn’t realize it was yours! So I started to go get my printed copy of your recipe to compare how each stacked up, and then recognized that they were one and the same!! Haha!! I will most definitely be trying it ASAP! …Just made your peanut butter chicken for the second time this week! YUM, YUM, YUMMY! Sure this will be just as good!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Too funny!!! Yes, so happy this recipe made it into an Oxygen issue! Hope you enjoy! Let me know how you like it!

      • CheeseGirlPA

        It was great! I kept meaning to post and tell you!

        After trying all 3 seperately, I played around with the spicy honey brushed chicken, PB chicken, and this recipe, and made a new combo using some of each of the ingredients…sounds odd, I’m sure, but it turned out GOOD!

        • Kristine Fretwell

          Sounds like a great idea! Like a sweet Indian sauce 🙂 So glad you’re liking the recipes!!

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